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Food Bank of El Dorado County benefits from ‘Operation Gobble’

Senator Ted Gaines, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, Alicia Rockwell of Savemart Supermarkets, Mike Sproull of the Food Bank of El Dorado County and Evan Jacobs of American Water, left to right, all helped to ensure families wouldn't go without a Thanksgiving turkey. Courtesy photo

Thanks to the collaboration of two well-known California politicians and the generosity of an area utility company, many of El Dorado County’s less fortunate were able to gather around a turkey this holiday season. It’s known as “Operation Gobble,” a team effort by California State Sen. Ted Gaines, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and California American Water. […]

No Comment / November 23, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Hunter’s Place grows

Hunter would have loved it — Julie McBride, Shana Wilson and Terri Chapman, left to right, review plans for the buildout of Hunter'€™s Place, the special-needs friendly playground located on the Grace Foundation ranch. McBride is the Grace Foundation program director, Wilson is Hunter's mother and Chapman is a broker with the Chapman Real Estate Group and Folsom Lake Realty. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Hunter’s Place, the special-needs friendly playground on the Grace Foundation ranch, will get more and better playground equipment over the next couple of weeks, weather permitting, thanks to generous donors and a family brave enough to talk about the tragic accident that took their son a year ago. On a stormy Sunday morning in November […]

No Comment / November 21, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Officers who cracked Mittelman case honored

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Jeff England and Det. Sgt. Tom Hoagland honor Det. Paul Hadjes, Det. Mike Lensing, deputy Steven Fulton and Det. Ken Barber, left to right, as the club's Officers of the Year. Not pictured, deputy Simon Brown. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

They said it was a suicide. It wasn’t. Shortly after arriving at the home of victim Valerie Rita Mittelman in June 2010, El Dorado County sheriff’s officers knew things weren’t right and an investigation began that ended with Steven Howard Mittelman’s first-degree murder conviction earlier this year. Wednesday, the five key players in the investigation — […]

No Comment / November 16, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Road construction almost wrapped up

Drivers head down the newly paved and complDrivers head down the newly paved and widened El Dorado Hills Boulevard/Latrobe Road. Construction on this project, which included work on the local roadway and Highway 50, will wrap up before the end of the year. Village Life photo by Shelly Thoreneetely opened El Dorado Hills Boulevard/Latrobe Road. Construction on this project, which included work on the local roadway and Highway 50, will wrap up before the end of the year. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The El Dorado County Department of Transportation and its contractor, Nehemiah Construction, have a Christmas present for El Dorado Hills residents — no more road construction. That’s right. By the end of the year drivers won’t see any orange cones or lane closures … at least not near the Highway 50/Latrobe Road intersection. “We just […]

No Comment / November 16, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Tour beautiful ‘Homes for the Holidays’

Santa greets visitors to the home of Debra Bogowitz in El Dorado Hills. Bogowitz' home and five others are on the Assistance League of the Sierra Foothills' Homes for the Holidays tour. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Can you imagine decorating your home for Christmas in September? Debra Bogowitz can. When the leaves change color in her El Dorado Hills neighborhood the local business owner pulls out the decorations — a garage almost full of them — and begins to turn her home into a holiday wonderland. This year everyone will get […]

No Comment / November 16, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

‘Tis the season … for giving

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While you’re out shopping for Uncle Lou and Granny, why not pick up a toy for a child in need? For the first time Remi Vista Inc. Youth and Family Services in El Dorado Hills is holding a toy drive for the displaced children the organization serves. “There’s such a need,” said Gina Downing, Remi […]

No Comment / November 16, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Vets share stories of luck, horror

World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor — 92-year-old Bill Klein talks to the guests at the El Dorado Hills senior center Thursday. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The El Dorado Hills Senior Center hosted a number of veterans and their families Thursday morning to honor Veterans Day. Vets from World War II, Korea and Vietnam shared their wartime and service memories. Bill Klein, 92, of El Dorado Hills wore his “Pearl Harbor Survivor” cap and described being stationed far below decks on […]

No Comment / November 11, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »